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  1. International Break 1 - September 2018 Current World Ranking: 53rd Fixtures 6th September | Anguilla vs Jamaica | North American Nations League Qualifying 11th September | Cuba vs Jamaica | Friendly Newly Convinced Internationals Daniel Johnson Squad GOALKEEPERS Player Club Age Caps Goals Andre Blake Philadelpha Union 27 31 0 Duwayne Kerr - 31 15 0 Amal Knight UWI FC 24 3 0 DEFENDERS Player Club Age Caps Goals Daniel Gordon Karlsruhe 33 5 1 Wes Harding Birmingham 21 0 0 Kemar Lawrence New York Red Bulls 25 46 3 Damion Lowe Start 25 8 1 Adrian Mariappa Watford 31 42 1 Wes Morgan Leicester 34 30 0 Alvas Powell Portland Timbers 24 35 0 Tyrell Robinson Bradford City 20 0 0 MIDFIELDERS Player Club Age Caps Goals Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen 21 0 0 Daniel Johnson Preston 25 0 0 Simon Dawkins - 30 21 3 Garath McCleary Reading 31 23 3 Ricardo Morris Portmore United 26 11 0 Darren Pratley Charlton 33 0 0 Romar Ritter Meadforest 27 0 0 Je-Vaughn Watson Charlotte 34 73 4 FORWARDS Player Club Age Caps Goals Deshorn Brown Oklahoma City 27 15 2 Clayton Donaldson Bolton 34 8 2 Joel Grant Plymouth 31 14 2 Darren Mattocks DC United 28 42 14 Injuries: Michael Hector, Giles Barnes, Rodolph Austin Anguilla vs Jamaica | 06/09/18 | NA Nations League Qual. Cuba vs Jamaica | 11/09/18 | Friendly Competition Table | North American Nations League Qualifying Youth Recap Under 20s
  2. Pretty simple save, just wanted to take over the Jamaican national team and help them grow into a football powerhouse. One of the huge upsides of the Reggae Boyz is that there a lot of English players that have Jamaican nationality and may eventually be swayed into representing the country of their parents. At the moment, this list contains the likes of Dwight Gayle, Troy Deeney, Liam Moore and Andre Wisdom and if I can coerce them into playing for us, our reputation and talent level will go up dramatically. For the time being, I'll focus on playing well in continental competition with a tentative goal of reaching the Gold Cup semi final.
  3. Just Guernsey. Jersey actually produces some decent regens at big clubs whereas all the Guernsey regens come through me. Ultimately though it's Guernsey FC not Channel Islands FC so I've stayed true.
  4. I've made myself unsackable in the in-game editor in anticipation of relegations.
  5. 2020/21 OVERVIEW Well, it had to come eventually. After a couple of seasons hanging on, we've been relegated from the 8th tier down into the 9th and it's time to focus fully on youth development so we can rocket back up the leagues. League My tactics were very clearly found out as we failed to win a game after January and so we'll be heading down into the 9th tier next season with a very young squad. Cups Another poor season in the cups as well. Best Eleven Jordan Kelly; Connor Raggett, Jacob Fallaize, Jamie Dodd, Paul Lindsey; Charlton Gauvain, Tom Baxter; Brad Williams, James Wales, Liam Stewart; Robbie Legg Youth Intake In such a poor season, the one silver lining was the fact we had a superb youth intake. Ryan Lee - already our best player Connor Hudson Pat O'Neil Gareth Relf Next Season We're set to drop down a division and so I'm gonna to purely focus on developing these youngsters. I'm going to cut some of the older and more expensive players in the lineup because I think we have enough quality and potential to stay up for a couple of seasons before moving onwards and upwards once they finish developing.
  6. 2019/20 OVERVIEW It was another fairly average season but this will be a long save and I saw some big positives with some of our younger players coming on in leaps and bounds. League Table We finished in a very comfortable mid-table position, which vastly exceeded the board's expectations of fighting bravely from relegation. For most of the season we were battling around 13th to 15th but an insane run of form towards the back end of the season had me at one point dreaming of playoffs before we dropped away again. It was helped by the fact we were absolutely horrid in the cups as you'll see below: Best Eleven Jordan Kelly; Danny White, Jacob Fallaize, Jamie Dodd, Liam Mahon; Tom de la Mare, Charlton Gauvain; Matt Loaring, James Wales, Sammy McDonald; Robbie Legg Youth Intake It was another average youth intake this season, marred by the fact that the best prospect was born in Ireland and had to go. After 3 players from the intake (White, Wales and McDonald) made my Best Eleven last season, I hoped we could unearth some more gems this time around. One player from the intake, Tom Baxter, became the club's youngest ever player at just 15 years 241 days. Tom Baxter Liam Stewart Andrew Helm Next Season I still think we're a few seasons away from promotion but we'll keep on battling and keep putting games into some promising youngsters in the hope we can develop a decent team of Guernsey players.
  7. The best player I've found so far from Guernsey is James Harmon, a 23 year old goalkeeper for Exeter in League 2 who actually started at Guernsey FC.
  8. 2018/19 RECAP My first season was rather ordinary but it would be stupid of me to expect instant fireworks with such a limited scope of players. We solidified our position in the league, saw some youngsters flourish, and sit in a very healthy position financially. League | Isthmian Southeast Division 1, 8th tier Cups | FA Cup; FA Trophy; Alan Turvey Cup Better Players Ryan Zico-Black - 37yo left winger, 44 games, 13 goals, 10 assists, 7.02 rating Jordan Kelly - 20yo goalkeeper, 50 games, 16 clean sheets, 6.89 rating Jacob Fallaize - 20yo centre back, 48 games, 3 PoM, 6.85 rating Youth Intake James Wales - attacking midfielder with good determination, decision making and work rate Brad Williams - pacy, hard working winger Sammy McDonald - adventurous and unpredictable midfielder All in all a very average season, but we'll continue to slowly work towards our goals and try and establish a robust starting XI. I have a lot of young players but also a few reaching the back end of their career so I look forward to seeing how we progress or if we go backwards in 2019/20.
  9. GUERNSEY FOOTBALL CLUB I've always enjoyed reading about or doing saves that have a restriction on the place of birth or origin of players, with homegrown being my preferred way of playing FM. It started off with only signing Australians playing as Melbourne City, before progressing to only academy products at Ajax, and finally completing the Lisbon Lions challenge and winning the Champions League at Celtic with only Glaswegians. A recent save on this site took over the most westerly club in England, in Cornwall, and turned them into a group of homegrown heroes, and I wanted to do a similarly geographic theme for my attempt. I've decided to take over Guernsey FC, founded in 2011 to give the small Channel Island (population 63,000) a chance to progress through the English non-league system. Currently in the Isthmian Southeast Division 1 in the 8th level of the pyramid, they have 2 trophies under their belt and at one point played in the 7th tier before falling down in 2017/18. I will be taking over as an uncredentialed local manager, and using the editor to make myself unsackable and immediately remove all non-Guernsey born players from the squad. The updates will begin after the conclusion of my first season. Aim To win the Champions League with Guernsey FC whilst using players only born on the island. Rules I am not allowed to play or sign someone not born in Guernsey at any point throughout the save, including loans. Youth candidates born elsewhere cannot be signed and must be immediately released. I am allowed to sign or loan players from other clubs so long as they were born in Guernsey, I am not limited to just my own youth candidates. Hope you enjoy! Progress Season League Pos 2018/19 Isthmian Southeast Div 1 10th 2019/20 Isthmian Southeast Div 1 11th
  10. JUNE 2019 Before we get started, it's good to have a look at what the team is like at the very start of the save. We start on the 25th of June 2019, sitting in 156th in the world. Our next fixtures are in late August and early September, where we'll take on Iraq in a friendly before Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the group stage of the SAFF Championship - a great opportunity to qualify for the semi finals of that tournament straight away. Having a look over some of our better players, it would appear our star player is 23 year old midfielder Farshad Noor, with close competition from uncapped MLS player Adam Najem and Coventry-born winger Maziar Kouhyar. Looking towards the future, 17 year old FC Twente striker Omid Musawi has declared his allegiance for Afghanistan whilst there is also promise in the likes of Finland-based Fareed Sadat and an even younger striker in Ali Khodadadzada. I'll play with my preferred 4-2-3-1 gegenpress formation, as you can see below: I suppose I'll catch up again when it comes to our next international break!
  11. In 2018, the Afghanistan cricket team played their first ever match of Test cricket, the highest and most elite level of cricket in the world. Only 12 sides have ever played a game, and what made it more spectacular is that the sport has not been massive popular in the country for all that long. It's one of the fairytale stories of world sport and especially when you consider what Afghanistan have been through as a country in the last 20 years. In FM19, I want to similarly raise the profile of the Afghanistan football team, and turn them into inspirations for young Afghans in the same way the cricket side has. Asia is a fast-developing country, and with more World Cup spots on offer from 2026, I feel like this is the perfect time for football in Afghanistan to boom. Save Aim To manage the Afghanistan national team and turn them into a competitive outfit in Asia. Save Goals The main goal of this save will be to qualify for the World Cup, putting Afghanistan on the map, but there are some smaller goals as well. I'd like to qualify for an Asian Cup first, obviously, as well as make it to the knockout stages of that tournament. I also want to persuade as many expatriates as I can to pull on the Afghan shirt, even if they are now playing in England or Germany or Denmark. I will be taking control of all of the Afghan squads, so I'll get to see everyone progress up the system.
  12. Founded in 1967, and known on FM as the French Youth Invitational, the Toulon Tournament is arguably the most prestigious youth tournament in world football, competed each year between 12 under-21 national teams from the 6 confederations. It is a showcase of the most exciting young talent on the planet, with past players of the tournament including Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Rui Costa, and in more recent times, James Rodriguez, Sebastian Giovinco and Kevin Gameiro. Before the Youth World Cup, this was the pinnacle of youth football, played each and every year in the Provence region of France, with the final held at the Stade Mayol in Toulon perpetually. Yet, ironically, Toulon is a heartland of French rugby and the Stade Mayol is indeed the home of Rugby Club Toulonnais, the biggest team in town and a 4-time national champion. And the town's football team, SC Toulon? Languishing in the 4th division. Imagine watching the talent on display at the Toulon Tournament and then going to your local stadium and watching a bunch of semi-professionals slog it out in the French National? My plan with this save is to take SC Toulon to glory and make them the predominant team in town. In the spirit of the town's eponymous competition, I will largely look to youth, and especially at players coming through the town to play for their national youth squads. I don't want to set any permanent goals, but it has been a while since I built up a team like this, and I figured there's no better team to do it with than a 4th division struggler, in rugby heartland, that every year watches the stars of tomorrow come and go.
  13. MAJOR TOWNS & CITIES WITHIN RADIUS Town Population Distance Glasgow 599,650 0 miles Paisley 76,220 9 miles East Kilbride 74,740 6 miles Livingston 56,570 27 miles Hamilton 53,200 8 miles Cumbernauld 51,610 10 miles Kilmarnock 46,350 20 miles Coatbridge 43,970 7 miles Greenock 43,690 23 miles Airdie 37,130 9 miles Stirling 36,440 21 miles Falkirk 35,310 19 miles Irvine 33,740 24 miles Motherwell 32,120 10 miles Rutherglen 31,180 2 miles Wishaw 30,510 13 miles Cambuslang 27,610 3 miles Bearsden 27,340 7 miles Clydebank 26,640 8 miles Newton Mearns 24,650 7 miles Bishopbriggs 23,430 4 miles Renfrew 22,010 7 miles Bathgate 21,070 22 miles Bellshill 20,650 7 miles Alloa 20,390 24 miles
  14. THE LISBON LIONS CHALLENGE In 1967, Celtic became the first British side to win the European Cup, beating Internazionale 2-1 in the final. Led by legendary manager Jock Stein, the Bhoys played brilliant, attacking football to knock off one of the best defensive teams of all time in the Port, earning themselves the moniker of 'Lisbon Lions'. The extraordinary thing about this side is that every player was born within 30 miles of Celtic's home ground, making them undoubtedly the greatest home grown team of all time. They are still considered the greatest Celtic team of all time and even Sir Alex himself considers Jock Stein to be the greatest Scottish manager ever. Challenge Objective - To win the UEFA Champions League with Celtic, witha squad only containing players born within 30 miles of Celtic Park Challenge Rules - only players born within 30 miles of Celtic Park can be signed on a transfer, loan or through the youth intake - players born outside the radius must be sold or have their loan terminated at any opportunity and cannot have their contract or loan period renewed - players generated in the youth intake that are born outside the radius cannot be signed - any player born within the radius can be signed regardless from what club they play for or where they started their careers - the challenge cannot be won if there is still a player born outside the radius in your squad at the time of the Champions League victory Challenge Guidelines and Optional Rules - the original Lions played a fast paced, attacking brand of football so doing the same is advised - the Premiership, Scottish Cup, League Cup and Europa League have no bearing on this challenge and winning them is optional - focusing on the youth intake is preferred but you can sign regens from other clubs - it's not mandatory, but having a staff all born within the radius is also advised The Tierney Clause Kieran Tierney is the best player in Scotland and a future captain of the club. He was born on the Isle of Man, outside the 30 mile radius, but moved to Glasgow when he was just 10 months old, lived there his whole life, and joined the Celtic set up at age 8. If you choose to make Tierney the only exception to the rule, that is allowed. The Benefactor Clause On your quest to greatness, you will drawn in most of the top talent in Scotland and certainly the Glasgow region. Being by far the richest club in Scotland, you can choose to help nurture Scottish football as much as possible. I do this by setting up as many affiliate clubs as possible to send money to as many clubs as possible, as well as almost never negotiating transfer fees for younger players from smaller clubs.
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